What plant is this?

What is this?

Do you know what this is? I’ll give you a clue, it’s edible, delicious even.

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26 Responses to “What plant is this?

  • Chuck said:
    November 10th, 2006 at 2:01pm

    Hmm. It’s not ice plant, is it?

  • Bea at La Tartine Gourmande said:
    November 10th, 2006 at 2:03pm

    I know this is not the answer but it looks like a hybrid between sage and basil

  • sam said:
    November 10th, 2006 at 3:23pm

    Is it a Mesembryanthemum crystallinumaka aka ficoïde glaciale or ice plant?
    Probably not, but its the best guess I have.

  • H.Alexander Talbot said:
    November 10th, 2006 at 3:37pm

    Ice lettuce

  • lee said:
    November 10th, 2006 at 4:20pm

    Tetragonia spinach.

  • staggerlee said:
    November 10th, 2006 at 4:23pm

    crystalline florets, sp.

  • staggerlee said:
    November 10th, 2006 at 4:24pm

    crystalline florets, sp. ?

  • chris said:
    November 10th, 2006 at 4:42pm

    it’s basil!

  • Jennifer Klinec said:
    November 10th, 2006 at 5:16pm

    It looks like it could be amaranth?
    Jennifer – http://www.eatdrinktalk.co.uk

  • KT said:
    November 10th, 2006 at 7:08pm

    I agree, it looks like wild amaranth …

  • Harold said:
    November 11th, 2006 at 7:52am

    I’d vote for amaranth, too.
    I know it’s not Jean Banchet, because the photos don’t look like the ones that I saw on the web:-)
    Thanks for another quiz.
    Harold

  • JoEllen said:
    November 11th, 2006 at 12:32pm

    Lamb’s Ear. When I was a child, we used to rub it on our cheeks and pretend it wsa rouge. I am not sure it would be pleasing to eat raw, though.

  • elarael said:
    November 11th, 2006 at 3:03pm

    It looks like New Zealand spinach or perhaps Mexican terragon.

  • elida said:
    November 11th, 2006 at 3:17pm

    I think it is Phicoyde Glacial; for salads it is very good….and for the Morue(fish)is excelent, she is very very delicate.

  • Chuck said:
    November 11th, 2006 at 8:05pm

    It looks like purslane to me.

  • elarael said:
    November 11th, 2006 at 10:58pm

    I meant New Zealand spinach or Mexican OREGANO! (Not tarragon.)

  • Nopisto said:
    November 12th, 2006 at 1:16am

    Ficoide Glacial, a greek salad with a frozen like crunchy texture.

  • Ptipois said:
    November 12th, 2006 at 6:42am

    I’m pretty sure it’s ficoïde glaciale ;-)

  • Skud said:
    November 12th, 2006 at 9:03pm

    I’d vote for purslane, but I’m probably wrong.

  • Pim said:
    November 12th, 2006 at 9:55pm

    It is Ficoïde Glaciale. We are growing it at the Manresa restaurant garden.
    It’s a type of ice plant, and it tastes quite interesting, crunchy and cool with a lot of moisture in it. I’ve only had it raw.
    Great job Sam, elida, Nopisto, Ptipois. Bravo!
    cheers,
    Pim

  • denisencecil said:
    November 14th, 2006 at 9:51am

    lamb’s ear, i think. it has that icy, fuzzy look.

  • sam said:
    November 14th, 2006 at 4:23pm

    ooh – cool – i had it only once in Paris exactly a year ago this week in fact.
    if you scroll down the page you can see it sitting on top of my scallops:
    http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/2005/11/le-sept-quinze.html
    I didnt know what it was back then so some kind readers helped me identify it.
    where do you get the seeds from?

  • Manresa Gardener said:
    November 14th, 2006 at 11:14pm

    We got the seeds from frenchgardening.com. It took me three tries to get it to grow propery, and it’s very hard to harvest, since it’s so fragile. You all should have seen how cute Pim looked, underneath the frost blanket, on her knees, trying to get that shot!

  • sam said:
    November 21st, 2006 at 1:59pm

    thank you manresa gardener. I just got to taste the results of your garden last weekend for the first time and it was a wonderful experience. No ice plant though.

  • Marc said:
    September 13th, 2008 at 2:07pm

    I tried this plant for the first time a few weeks ago at Ubuntu in Napa. It was in a salad with lightly smoked potatoes, crispy fried potatoes, edible flowers (borage, probably), and roasted purple potatoes. The sourness and coolness was a perfect foil for the various forms of potato.
    (They grow it in their restaurant garden.)

  • dale said:
    January 25th, 2014 at 7:40pm

    ficoides glaciale and I grew it last year, its very good!

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